Saturday, May 28, 2011

Blah, blah, blah...

School is officially over.  That loud screaming noise that you heard around noon on Friday?  Yep.  That was me. :)

I am, as usual, looking forward to this summer.  I don't have many grand plans...I'm just looking forward to being able to relax and enjoy life without stress.

  1. I have seen two itty, bitty baby tomatoes and one itty, bitty baby bell pepper.  I am extremely excited about that.
  2. I have harvested much lettuce.  Yesterday I got enough to make a whole salad and today I got an additional 4 leaves to add to my turkey wrap.
  3. The cucumbers and the squash are looking good.  The cucumbers have little tendrils that are shooting out and attaching to the lattice and the squash leaves are HUGE.
  4. The herbs are also looking good.  Any ideas on what I can use lemon balm for?  I bought it because it smells so good but I'm not sure what to use it with.
  5. The beans....sigh.  I'm not sure what is wrong with them.  The leaves look like they are being sucked dry but I can't find where the culprit is.  Any thoughts?
miss raven is doing well.  She loves to be outside when it is warm and she LOVES to bark.  At anything and everything.  The dogs next door, the people walking down the street, the ant crossing the Mason-Dixon line.  If it is there, she will bark at it.  Loudly and longly.  I love her. :)

I miss my BFF like crazy and I don't know when I will get to see her again.  This is the only downside to my summer.

My air conditioner is still working and I am still thankful and still praying that it lasts a lot longer.

I'm thirsty.

I'm going to get something to drink.



Monday, May 23, 2011

Not much...

to say tonight.  I promised I would try to blog a little more regularly, though, so here I am.

Today was a pretty good day at work.  Amazing how getting rid of most of the students will do that.  :)  Only the 9-11th grade was there today and they, of course, let it be known that they weren't happy about that.  Oh well.

My morning went by so quickly that I didn't even realize that it was lunch time.  I couldn't figure out why my stomach seemed so hungry until I looked at the clock.  I was pretty surprised that it was almost noon!  I ended up leaving at 2:45 today because (a) not all of my middle school teachers were finished with their grades and (b) my stupid computer kept shutting itself off.  By the last time that happened I decided that it was a sign that I just needed to go home.

I have been very unproductive since getting home this afternoon.  I took the girlie out, turned on the computer, and have been playing games all afternoon.  I did stop a few times to get something to eat and drink but, other than that, I have been SO lazy!  It feels good!!

Hopefully I will have more to say as the week progresses.  Sorry that tonight is so boring!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Endings and Beginnings and Things in Between....

It's hard to believe that another school year is over.  This was a tough year in many ways and believe me when I say that I am glad that it is done.  I am, however, missing the seniors already.  This was probably one of my favorite classes that I have ever had.  Out of the 14 seniors that graduated, I had taught 11 of them at one point or another.  Most of those 11 I had even taught multiple times.  Suffice it to say that, while I managed to hold it together pretty much during the ceremony, by the time I got home I was an emotional mess.  I cried most of the night.  Don't worry...I'm ok now.


School won't officially be over until this Friday.  The 9-11th grade students have to come back for half-days this week to take their finals.  Once they are finished I have to check all the teachers out so they can be done for the summer.  My stress level has gone way, way down, though, and I am thankful for that.

How about a garden update:

It is looking good and I am excited about having my own produce this summer.  I have had lettuce several times and toyed around with the idea of putting some more in.  I can't find any that looks healthy at the nurserys I have been to and I am too much of a chicken to try growing it from seeds, although, according to the book I have, lettuce is supposed to be pretty easy to grow.

Here are a couple of pictures of some recent projects I have finished:

I loved the purple one so much that I made one for myself.  I haven't taken pictures of it yet so you will have to wait.  I did use some of the yarn that I got from the Sheep and Wool Festival and it turned out well. :)

Here is my girl:

She is loving the warmer weather as much as I am!

I have officially been in my house for a year now!  This weekend last year I was moving in.  It's amazing the things that can happen in a year!

I am hoping to be back a little more regularly now that the school year is done.  I won't be so tired at night and will have a little more ambition to write. For now, though, I have laundry to finish and a sleepy puppy to adore.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Well, hello...

How in the heck did you sneak up on me so quickly??  Not that I am complaining that you are here, mind you.  Your weather has been wonderful and your weekends have been far.  Please, feel free to keep it up!

Here is some of what I have done this (end of April) beginning of May:

Last weekend in April:


Yes!!!  I went to another NASCAR race.  It was a night race and was incredible!  I had so much fun!  I was completely surrounded by some very, very drunk rednecks, who had some definite opinions on who was the best driver.  Sorry, Juan Pablo, you and Kyle Busch were not among the favorites.  Here are some pictures of my amazing time:

The only downside was that I kind of lost the truck after the race.  I totally got turned around and, although I was in the right lot, I didn't know it.  It was dark and I was kind of starting to freak out.  I finally found it, though, and was very relieved.

This past weekend I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  Yes, Freddie, the Yarn Ho bought more yarn.  And is proud of it.  So there.  :)

It was a beautiful, gorgeous, stupendous day!  Seriously, I couldn't have asked for more amazing weather.  It was neither too hot nor too cold.  It was juuuuuuuuuuussssssssssssssttttttttttttt right.  The sheep. The yarn.  The wool.  The yarn.  The lamb.  The yarn.  Oh!  The yarn, yarn, yarn.  I have no perfect adjectives to describe the amount of sheer yarn yumminess that I saw.  And coveted.  And drooled over.  And bought.  Well...I really didn't buy much.  I do have bills to pay and all.  Here are some pictures:

Sunday was Mother's Day.  Honestly, it was not a good day for me.  I tried my best to keep myself busy.  I planted a garden.  Two red pepper plants, one yellow pepper plant, two cucumber plants, one butternut squash plant, four green bean plants, one cilantro plant, five lettuce plants, one cherry tomato plant, one purple tomato plant, and four Better Boy tomato plants.  I decided on container gardening this year instead of raised beds.  I am excited about it but scared that I am going to kill them.  I'm not the best gardener.  I don't know how much and when to water and I am hoping that they are getting enough sunlight.  More pictures:

I can't promise that I will be back tomorrow or the next day or the next day.  This is one of the busiest times at work.  Once I get through next Friday, though, things should calm down and I should be a more regular blogger again.

One final note:  this time last year I was moving into my new place!  Can you believe it has been a whole year, already?!?  I am still loving it and so is she: